Developer’s Plan for ‘The Halo’ in Newark now Involves Three High-Rise Towers

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Halo Tower Rendering Washington Street Newark 1
Original two-tower design of The Halo in Newark from 2018. The new design adds a third tower and hundreds more residential units. Rendering via Minno Wasko.

New details regarding plans for an even bigger version of one of the largest development projects to be proposed for Downtown Newark in recent memory are expected to be released during an upcoming public hearing.


In February, Newark’s municipal government received an application for preliminary, final site plan, and subdivision approval with variances that calls for the proposed complex known as “The Halo” to include three towers with a total of 949 residential units. The complex’s “podium parking structure” would provide 375 parking spaces, according to the document.

Files released by the City of Newark show that developer 289-301 Washington Street Urban Renewal, LLC is seeking to subdivide the eponymous 0.621-acre property at the edge of the city’s central business district into three tracts in order to allow for the development of the modified version of The Halo.

One of the towers would be 46 stories tall and contain 360 units while another would be 42 stories tall and contain 292 units, a zoning determination form says. The final structure would consist of 38 floors and 297 units.

These towers would range in height from 485 to 565 feet should The Halo come to fruition, according to a March 10 municipal staff report, making them among the tallest buildings in the state outside of Jersey City and Atlantic City.

The report says that “garden level” and “sky level” amenities would be provided as part of each structure, leading to a total of 10,794-square-feet worth of “outdoor amenity space.” There would reportedly be 533 studios, 255 one-bedroom units, and 161 two-bedroom units, but the proposed pricing of these units has not yet been publicly announced.

As Jersey Digs first reported nearly three years ago, the previous plan for 289-301 Washington Street involved two 40-story buildings connected by a five-story base, resulting in a complex that would have included 594 residential units.

“An application for a similar, albeit smaller, site plan without subdivision was approved by the Central Planning Board in September 2018,” the report states. “That project has not moved forward.”

The latest application indicates that 289-301 Washington Street Urban Renewal, LLC is registered out of an address in Lakewood and lists Moshe Glatzer as the company’s managing member.

This matter is scheduled to go before the Newark Central Planning Board during its virtual meeting on Monday, March 15, at 6:00 p.m.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Newark Central Planning Board and other commissions are subject to change.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Por fin! Now this development makes sense. The added density of this project will go a long way towards the City achieving economies of scale, Downtown. The idea is that the income diversity this project will bring, will provide the impetus for a wave of retail additions, that will provide the street activity critical for vibrant, Downtown neighborhoods.
    Aesthetically, these 3 towers should serve as the precursors for Newark’s first generation of supertalls, originally eyed as the anchors to the Teachers’ Village section. This would satisfy several objectives at once: the size and scale of the project will bring additional residents Downtown, the increased population will aid in restoring some of Newark’s lost political clout, and it will help instill more civic pride in the city’s residents.
    Newark needs a paradigm shift in governance, social priorities, civic engagement, civic pride, & educational commitments, amongst other things. Anything short of this, renders hopes of a rebirth, illusory.

  2. I dont want to hear one word about Gentrification from the same people that complain about dilapidated housing and Crime. There is no such thing as an economic free lunch. If you want nice things in your city then you have to pay for it period end of story. There are people here that dont want to brew in misery and crime and actually want better for thier community other than cheap rent. Lets build a better city so we can afford our poor,our children, our disabled ,our seniors, our most vulnerable that cannot do better for themseles. But not lets not surrender to the victim/lazy class that doesnt want to do better and feels entitled to the rewards without investing in thier own community. These people have far too long using the vote to keep Newark downtrodden and to use Newark as a base for wealth transfer to the least productive of people. Without projects that promote the diversity of income, the diversity of culture, the diversity of business. Newark will stay the same. We should open deals like this with open arms.

  3. I hope this project will break ground at the end of this year. This is one of the best things Ive ever seen come from Newark. With Shaq tower 2 being 425 feet tall than jumping to the Halo towers heights it will change Newark Skyline for ever. I said before if a building is going to become the next tallest it has to be amazing because the National Newark Building doesn’t need to be taken down by a soulless building like in jersey city. Over all I hope these towers start soon I would look to see the progress of it when I go home from school or in a classroom. The Halo tower folks lets pray it gets approved.

  4. I agree with Weequahic Fights Back and the Central Ward Warrior, we need this in the city, badly. We need to see an influx of residents that are not on public assistance, enough of the poverty crap, Section 8, low income housing and projects that are infested with crime and drugs. I hope this comes to fruition. It will be a game changer.

  5. Halo just got better! Let’s hope this doesn’t fizzle out like RBH & their incredible shrinking SOMA renderings!
    Disappointing to see the 1st SOMA 50 story super tall proposed for NW corner of Washington & West Market de-volve into a 12 story stub shorter than Macys & Bambergers building.
    Hopefully a successful Halo development will bring that project roaring back to life.

  6. With investors clamoring to build in Newark. Isn’t it time to stop tax abatements. It is time 4 home owning tax payers to benefit from the Renaissance on Newark.

  7. I am all for development of the downtown area in Newark but I am also concerned with the tax abatements being handed out. As a senior citizen who owns my own home in the south ward I feel that my real estate taxes should not be raised because the developers are being excused from paying taxes on the properties that are essentially being used to reshape the economic, racial, and eventually the political makeup of this once scorned city.

  8. Until critical mass is achieved tax abatements, or payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) will be standard for development in Newark. Even Prudential who makes millions in profits daily from investments all over the globe, receives or received tax abatement for the Gateway Complex and an Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG) to subsidize the construction of the overhead tunnels connecting them to the Gateway 3 building in the mid eighties! This way you don’t ever have to step foot in Newark. SMH, Unbelievable!

  9. that was the Newark reality Prudential had to deal with in the 1970s. Today Prudential is working to make Gateway open to the sidewalks encourage sidewalk traffic. this is why they chose to build a new tower across from military Park instead of the Gateway cluster

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